Brussels shifts responsibility for the situation in Ukraine to Moscow

Summary

The European Parliamentary Research Service prepared a report which claims that Moscow will strive to discredit the results of Ukrainian elections “by organising riots and disseminating disinformation”. The main purpose of such statements is the desire of Brussels to transfer to Moscow the responsibility for the situation in Ukraine after the elections.

 

Disproof

The report of the European Parliament Think Tank on "Ukraine's presidential election 2019" is an overview of the situation in Ukraine before the elections.

The report does not mention anything about shifting the responsibility for the situation in Ukraine to Moscow. Ukraine is an independent state, responsible for its own situation.

Russia's readiness to conduct disinformation attacks before and during elections in Ukraine has been confirmed by many OSINT organisations and experts. See here for different disinformation narratives on Ukraine and Ukrainian elections.

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  • Reported in: Issue 139
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/03/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: Russia, Ukraine, EU
  • Keywords: Ukraine, Brussels, Elections
  • Outlet: RT
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The West does not want a strong Russia

America and Europe do not want a strong Russia. They are using Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko against Russia. They need a Poroshenko who always screams: Russia is dangerous, we are at war with Russia.

If it is the will of the Western world, then Poroshenko should win again.

Disproof
No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative on Western belligerence towards Russia and conspiracy theory about the West using Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in order to destabilise Russia.
For instance, NATO as the Western organisation created unique cooperation bodies – the Permanent Joint Council and the NATO-Russia Council – to embody its relationship with Russia. It has invited Russia to cooperate on missile defence, an invitation extended to no other partner. The Warsaw Summit Communique 2016 describes NATO's official policy towards Russia: "The Alliance does not seek confrontation and poses no threat to Russia. But we cannot and will not compromise on the principles on which our Alliance and security in Europe and North America rest".
There were democratic Presidential elections held on 25 May 2014 in Ukraine. The Ukrainian people, but not the West, have elected the President Poroshenko. The OSCE characterised the elections as showing the "clear resolve of the authorities to hold what was a genuine election largely in line with international commitments and with a respect for fundamental freedoms". According to the OSCE, the only areas where serious restrictions were reported were those controlled by separatists, who undertook "increasing attempts to derail the process." This fact was reconfirmed by the parliamentary elections of 26 October 2014. The OSCE characterised the vote as "an amply contested election that offered votes real choice, and a general respect for fundamental freedoms".

 

Ukrainian anti-corruption authorities were created and are controlled by Western embassies

The specialised Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office and National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine are bodies that, in fact, were created by agents of foreign influence who acted under the orders of foreign embassies. Today these institutions are managed by foreign embassies. They were created in order to punish all those who are not pro-American.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative about Ukraine. Unfounded claims on foreign influence on Ukraine's legal system.

Eradication of corruption was one of the main demands of the Maidan protests in 2013-2014. After the new President and Parliament were elected in Ukraine in 2014, anti-corruption reform became a key objective of a new Ukrainian government, which was agreed on in a Coalition Agreement (part 3).

“Vast number” of cyberattacks on Russia from US, Europe

Russian government websites, including the official page of Russian President Vladimir Putin, “are permanently subjected to an enormous number of cyber-attacks … from Europe and North America.”

Disproof

No evidence given. Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative of attempts by Western governments to weaken and destabilise Russia.

Russian intelligence services have long been accused of targeting computer systems in the US and elsewhere, with a dozen of substantiated allegations made in the last two years alone. An analysis of high-profile cyber incidents since 2006 designates Russia as an "offender" in 98 cyberattacks globally, against 16 incidents where the country appears as a "victim." Conversely, US-based entities have been subjected to 117 such attacks, and perpetrated nine.